Reading & Writing Center
The UAA Reading & Writing Center provides reading and
writing assistance to UAA students at all levels and all disciplines. Certified
and formally trained tutors offer help for those seeking to improve their reading,
writing, and study skills.
Reading & Writing Center tutors work with students at
all levels to help improve and integrate their reading and writing skills into
regular study habits through one-on-one discussions of their work. Our goal is our students’ long-term
improvement in their work.
Format of Service Delivery
The goal of the Reading & Writing Center is to promote productive learning. The brief descriptions below describe the format of typical reading and writing sessions:
These 20-30 minute sessions are designed to help students review and understand assignments, to develop effective reading strategies, and to improve their overall comprehension of texts. Interactive discussion helps students learn how to interpret and analyze text through exploring its content, identifying associations, and formulating new ideas.
Reading & Writing Center Hours
Fall and Spring Semesters:
Monday - Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday - Sunday
Monday - Thursday
Saturday & Sunday
Please call for
Tutoring sessions are usually 20-30 minutes, which is ample time to brainstorm ideas or review specific components of most papers. The Reading & Writing Center is a teaching and learning environment, and does not function as a proofreading or editing service. Rather, students will identify their focus or objectives for the session and then work one-on-one with a tutor. Often, students will read their writing aloud and, through interactive discussion with the tutor, identify opportunities for learning and improvement. At the end of the tutoring session, students should work independently or with peers to incorporate new ideas and skills into their writing. Students are welcome and encouraged to come back if they have additional questions or need further assistance.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring is one-on-one or group specialty tutoring for students who are learning English as a new language so they can function productively in a society that uses it as its primary language. This service is provided to assist those who are acquiring the language itself, and also help them to use it academically. All aspects of language are addressed, including pronunciation, grammar, structure, vocabulary, usage, and style, and at all levels.
How to Prepare for Your Session
In order to get the most out of your tutoring session at the Reading & Writing Center, we encourage you to come prepared. The following tips will help you to prepare for your tutoring session:
What to do during your session
Tutoring sessions in the Reading & Writing Center are most useful when both tutor and tutee participate in the session. The following tips will help you to get the most from your session:
What to do following your session
After your session in the Reading & Writing Center it is important to integrate what you learned into your work. The following tips will help ensure that you are continually learning and improving your reading/writing skills:
SLED Online Tutoring- As part of the Learning Resources Center's integrated approach to tutoring services, SLED (Statewide Library Electronic Doorway) is available for all UAA students in the areas of English, math, science, social studies, and study skills. Sign in for a live online tutoring session through the Live Homework Help service website at http://sled.alaska.edu/homework.html. This online service is offered seven days a week and is available from 1 p.m. - midnight.Additional Writing Resources are available from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University, accessible via http://owl.english.purdue.edu/.
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